Media reported that Microsoft is about to designate its own Bing as its default search engine for Chrome browser users who installed Office 365 Pro Plus. Starting in February, the policy will cover Office 365 ProPlus products starting in 2002. Users in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, etc. will be automatically installed with the Chrome extension to enable Microsoft Bing Search.
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Clearly, Microsoft wants more access to its own search tools for enterprise customers. With Bing’s power, users can find documents, files, sites, tools, people, and other general information and Web search results in the workplace.
According to the official support page, Bing is the default search engine user and the Chrome extension is not automatically loaded. If you don’t like Bing, you can also manually specify other default browser search engines.
Many users on Reddit and GitHub have expressed their displeasure at Microsoft’s tough promotion in the business environment, calling it totally unacceptable.
If you don’t want to be guided by the software giant, check into the blocking scheme provided by your users — blocking the installation of this extension with Office development tools or group policies.
Finally, users can “run as an administrator” for a command to remove the default Bing search engine.